prison house


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prison house a correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment
    • n prison house a prisonlike situation; a place of seeming confinement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Tower of London, for which construction was begun in 1078 by William the Conqueror, once housed a zoo. It also has served as an observatory, a mint, a prison, a royal palace, and (at present) the home of the Crown Jewels.
    • Prison house a prison.
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  • William Wordsworth
    “Heaven lies about us in our infancy! Shades of the prison-house begin to close upon the growing boy.”


In literature:

What house is this in which I find myself a prisoner?
"Sea and Shore" by Mrs. Catharine A. Warfield
The walls of my prison house loom before me.
"A Hoosier Chronicle" by Meredith Nicholson
Before he found his way out of the prison-house eleven months elapsed.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
He'll stay here until his time is done, and then his tormentors will fetch him to his prison-house again.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Then the lieutenant and his men arrived, and since that time I have been a prisoner in the house and grounds.
"The Man with the Clubfoot" by Valentine Williams
The state treasurer, and the keeper and inspectors of the state prison are appointed annually by joint assembly of the two houses.
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
They have him in his prison-house; they have searched his person, and left no prying instrument with him.
"American Eloquence, Volume III. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1897)" by Various
The prison was in the governor's house.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17" by Robert Kerr
Is it not that a house is a prison in such an hour?
"A Daughter of the Dons" by William MacLeod Raine
Of all our princely house not one is left save only me and Palamon, whom Theseus slays in prison.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
During the night a fight occurred between one of the mutineers and a prisoner in the guard-house.
"Thirteen Months in the Rebel Army" by William G. Stevenson
During the night seventy-eight of the leading members of the Opposition were seized at their own houses and taken to prison.
"Notable Events of the Nineteenth Century" by Various
Emptied of hope, robbed of my all, life doth become a prison-house that dooms me to its lowest dungeon!
"The Little Colonel's Chum: Mary Ware" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Out of this house you never stir except to go to prison.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
On reaching the house of Mrs. Sullivan they introduced their prisoner.
"The Yankee Tea-party" by Henry C. Watson
You shut me in this house like a prisoner.
"The Palace of Darkened Windows" by Mary Hastings Bradley
The prisoners were housed in the old rooms of the monastery, each of which was large enough for six or eight persons.
"In Indian Mexico (1908)" by Frederick Starr
Altogether it was a very handsome house, yet I could not forget it was a prison house.
"Dickey Downy" by Virginia Sharpe Patterson
The forts of the latter were destroyed, their houses burned, and prisoners were impaled outside the gates of their cities.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 7 (of 12)" by G. Maspero
O, watch house, once used as a strong room or prison.
"Jethou" by E. R. Suffling

In poetry:

It is the heart
Issueing from its prison house of clay;
Perchance gladly,
Perchance sadly,
Wending on its way.
"What Is A Sigh?" by Walter Richard Cassels
O this Moor he had but ae daughter,
I wot her name was Shusy Pye;
She's doen her to the prison-house,
And she's calld young Bicham one word by.
"Young Bicham" by Andrew Lang
Of lowly birth, once shed of earth,
Your Horace, precious (so you've told him),
Shall soar away; no tomb of clay
Nor Stygian prison-house shall hold him.
"The Poet's Metamorphosis" by Eugene Field
Shut in a narrow cage, which bars
His eager flight,
Shut in the darker prison-house
Of blinded sight,
Alike to him are sun and stars,
The day, the night.
"A Blind Singer" by Susan Coolidge
When death shall release the spirit
From its prison-house of vile clay,
It will speed to an elysian
Of a cloudless, unending day,
Where with others of its kindred,
It will find a rest for aye.
"Rest" by Jared Barhite
"If Thou but wilt, Lord, Thou canst make me clean."
Thus shall I answer swift.
And He will touch me, as He walks serene;
And I shall rise and lift
This couch, so long my prison-house of pain,
And be made whole again.
"Overshadowed" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

Today the prison houses 3,769 prisoners.
A former executive director for the South Amboy Housing Authority who illegally funneled thousands of dollars in campaign contributions is now headed to federal prison.
More prisoners are being housed in Nevada County jails and being monitored by the Nevada County Probation Department under a new law that shifts state prisoners to county jurisdiction.
According to a federal report, Guantanamo Bay's 166 detainees could be housed in American prisons.
Escaped prisoner from Leavenworth halfway house expected to change plea in federal case.
(AP) — A prisoner who walked away from a halfway house in Leavenworth has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of escape from custody.
Environmental activist Timothy DeChristopher was transferred Wednesday from federal prison to a halfway house in Salt Lake City, according to his attorney.
To save money, the state releases inmates early from prisons and turns them over to privately operated halfway house s.
Sarah Palin E-Mail Hacker Sent to Prison Instead of Halfway House .
Released From Prison To Halfway House .
Newspaper heiress Victoria Scripps-Carmody, who was set to go on trial in March on federal drug charges, could spend another three months in prison after admitted she ran a crack house in Burlington.
County threatening legal action against Alliance, Massillon over housing prisoners at county jail.
President Obama wants to house some Guantanamo detainees in an Illinois prison.
Counties with jail beds to spare will soon be able to make a little cash housing state prison inmates.
Texas spends $18,538 to house a convict in state prison for a year and $15,500 a year to house one in a state jail.